Maine Marriage Equality Foes Hire ‘Yes on 8′ Team

Supporters of marriage equality in Maine are gearing up for a costly battle to defend the state's legalization of same-sex marriage. Opponents have hired Schubert Flint Public Affairs, the team behind the campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California, to advise them.

Maine The AP reports: "Maine Freedom to Marry has hired Jesse Connolly, who's taking a
leave of absence as chief of staff to House Speaker Hannah Pingree.
Connolly, of South Portland, led Maine Won't Discriminate's successful
2005 campaign to keep the state's gay rights law. Connolly said
his political action committee has no specific fundraising goal but is
preparing for a high-profile and costly campaign. There will be direct
mail and media advertising, but there will also be plenty of one-on-one
conversations with voters, he said. 'This is going to be a campaign that a lot of folks are going to try to say has national implications,' Connolly said."

Petition-gathering is underway. Opponents must obtain 55,087 signatures of registered voters before September 15 to get a repeal measure on the ballot. If they do so, the marriage equality law will be put on hold pending teh outcome of a voter referendum.


  1. Trev says

    Looks like a good place to direct all that money that’s no longer going to HRC and the DNC.

  2. says

    “Maine is not California. It will be hard for either side to demonize the other – as was done by both sides in California – in a place where people know each other. The “Religious Zealot” and “Homosexual Extremist” might be neighbors here. People expect their own views to be treated with respect and won’t appreciate seeing their neighbors’ caricatured by political activists.

    This will be difficult to resist. There are passionate people on both sides of the issue, and there is no middle ground. One group will walk away after Election Day feeling that the voters made a terrible mistake. There will be great pressure from national groups to be aggressive. No gay-marriage proposal has ever been approved by a state electorate, so the Maine vote will be closely watched.”

    -Portland Press Herald